June 9, 2016

23 Jolting Coffee Drinking Statistics

Just how much coffee do Americans drink? Read on for 23 statistics that show just how coffee-obsessed America is.

If you can't get out of bed in the morning without the scent of fresh brewed coffee to wake you up, you're not alone. A whopping 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the globe each year.

If you're a coffee junkie, here are 23 things to ponder over your next cuppa.

  1. What percentage of American adults are coffee drinkers?
    On a daily basis, 64% of Americans say they drink at least one cup of coffee. A smaller percentage - 26% of adults - say they drink only one cup, while 11% down at least four on a daily basis.

  2. How many cups of coffee are consumed in the U.S. each day?
    Altogether, Americans drink 102 billion cups of coffee annually. That breaks down to 280.5 million cups per day.

  3. How many cups of coffee does the average person drink on a daily basis?
    While some adults drink more and some drink less, the average person drinks 2.7 cups of coffee every day of the week.

  4. What percentage of Americans sip gourmet coffee?
    Instant coffee is the drink of choice for the majority of Americans, but for 34% of coffee-drinking adults, gourmet is the only way to go.

  5. What percentage of coffee drinkers prefer to take it black?
    Just about a quarter (24%) of coffee drinkers say they take it straight, while the rest of us like to sweeten things up with cream, milk or sugar.

  6. What's the most popular time of day for drinking coffee?
    Breakfast, of course. Nearly half (44%) of Americans opt for a cup of coffee with their first meal of the day but for later meals, they are more likely to go for water or some other beverage.

  7. But what's the best time of day to drink coffee?
    Though you might be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee as soon as you wake, you want to hold off. Research shows that drinking coffee between the hours of 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. helps your body to more effectively minimize the effects of caffeine.

  8. Do men or women drink more coffee?
    On average, 66% of women and 62% of men say they drink coffee daily. Women average 2.9 cups while men down 2.6.

  9. Which age group consumes the most coffee?
    Older Americans are the biggest coffee drinkers, with 74% of seniors aged 55 and up having at least one cup of coffee per day. The 18- to 34-year-old crowd drinks the least amount of coffee.

  10. Does income impact coffee consumption?
    The size of your paycheck may be linked to how much coffee you drink. About 58% of workers earning less than $30,000 annually drink coffee, compared to 66% of those who earn more than that amount. But surprisingly, on average, those with the lesser income drink over a cup more each day.

  11. What do millennials like to drink when it comes to coffee?
    The newest generation of regular coffee drinkers is driving an upward trend of gourmet coffee consumption. More than one-third (36%) imbibe the gourmet stuff (like cappuccino and lattes), and 22% of people in the 18-24 age bracket drink espresso. And they're more likely than their older peers to drink their coffee away from home.

  12. What's the average price of a cup of coffee?
    Coffee can be an expensive habit and on average, Americans pay $3.28 for a cup. The amount deemed too much for a standard cup of Joe? $3.67.

  13. How much caffeine is in a typical cup of brewed coffee?
    An 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee has anywhere from 95 to 200 mg of caffeine. Instant coffee has slightly less, at 27 to 173 mg per 8-ounce cup.

  14. What percentage of Americans say they're addicted to coffee?
    Just like nicotine, caffeine can be a hard habit to break. Overall, 26% of coffee drinkers say they're addicted to java, and that number jumps to 46% among people who have at least three cups each day.

  15. How much coffee does the typical office worker consume each week?
    Having a cup of coffee or two may be just the thing when you're trying to grind out a long work day. The average office employee drinks 20 cups a week (1,040 cups per year).

  16. How much time do workers spend making coffee each day?
    Brewing up a fresh pot of coffee and drinking it eats up 24 minutes out of the average worker's day. That adds up to 190 days in lost productivity over the course of their lifetime.

  17. How many coffee shops are there in the U.S.?
    There are around 21,400 coffee shops throughout the country. That's approximately one for every 14,000 Americans.

  18. When is the best time of day to get a coffee at the drive-thru?
    Your best bet is in the morning, when drive-thru orders are usually limited to just a coffee and something simple versus a coffee accompanied by multiple orders and sandwiches. Drive-thru lunch orders take, on average, 214 seconds while morning orders take just 175 seconds. It's not "instant" coffee, but it comes close.

  19. Where do the majority of Americans buy their coffee?
    Americans consume most of their coffee at home, and the single-cup coffee machines are making that effort so easy. Ownership of those contraptions has more than quadrupled over the past few years, and now 29% of Americans own one.

  20. How much coffee does the U.S. import each year?
    Americans love their coffee and to keep pace with demand, the United States imports over 27 million 60kg bags of the stuff annually.

  21. Which country likes coffee the most?
    When it comes to where coffee is most popular, it's not the U.S. that takes the prize. It's actually the Netherlands, followed by Finland.

  22. How large is the U.S. coffee industry?
    Retail coffee revenues total $36 billion in the U.S. each year. The industry has grown by 3.8% since 2010.

  23. Which country produces the most coffee?
    Coffee is grown in 70 countries worldwide but only one has the honor of being the largest coffee producer. Brazil is the clear winner, contributing 40% of the world's coffee production, while Vietnam comes in a distant second.


Coffee is a proven way to give yourself a boost when you feel your energy lag, but you might be surprised at what else it can do. Even if you're not a big fan, there are some legitimate reasons to consider adding a regular coffee fix to your daily routine.

Sources and Additional References:

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